|NAME Richard BUCK||Name variations: None encountered.|
|Birth Date and Place||26 Jan 1820 Honingham, Norfolk, England [Tinstaafl Transcripts Norfolk].|
|Baptism Date and Place||3 Feb 1820 Honingham, Norfolk [Honingham Baptismal Register].|
|Marriage Date and Place||1st: 27 May 1852 Church of Saint George [not verified], Perth, Western Australia|
2nd: 16 May 1859 St Patrick’s Church (RC), Adelaide, South Australia
3rd: 29 May 1889 St George’s Cathedral [not verified], Perth, Western Australia
|Spouse||1st: Mary Ann GORDON (d.1857 SA).|
2nd: Mary OBYRNE/O’BYRNE (d.1881 WA).
3rd: Sarah FARMER – widow of Mr. Roberts (d.1892 WA).
|Children||1st Marriage: Richard George b.1853 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#2028].|
William Henry and/or Henry Richard b.1855, d.1856 Perth, Western Australia [Reg.#2960 & WASRO Acc. 6809A/2].*
Elizabeth Martha b.1857 (d.1857) Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#3712].
2nd Marriage: Emily b.1860 Stockade, Adelaide, South Australia [SABDM Reg.#15/288].
Ellen Lydia b.1861 Stockade, Adelaide, South Australia [SABDM Reg.#20/198].
Mary Ann b.1863 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#6997].
Alice Jane b.1865 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#8347].
Robert John b.1867 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#9976].
Thomas b.1869 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#11955].
James b.1871 (d.1872) Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#13508].
Martha b.1874 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#15445].
Alfred Henry b.1876 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#17817].
|Occupations||Convict Guard 1840/41 [WO12-9612-299].|
Constable WA Police 1851-1857 [BENT].
Warder, Yatala Labour Prison, Dry Creek, South Australia 1859-1862 [BISA].
Constable WA Police 1862; Corporal Jan 1874; Sergeant Sep 1874. Retired 1 Jul 1878 [CONOLE] .
Governor’s Coachman 1883-1889 [CONOLE].
|Land Acquisition in WA|
|Death Date and Place||4 Feb 1905 442 Beaufort Street, Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#1784].|
Cause of Death: Senile Decay.
|Burial Date and Place||6 Feb 1905 East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia [EPCEM].|
Church of England Section.
|Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices||West Australian 6 Feb 1905 [TROVE].|
Daily News 6 Feb 1905 [TROVE].
|Will and Probate||Will: 22 Oct 1903. Probate: 23 Feb 1905, Supreme Court of Western Australia.|
[WASRO Cons. 3403-1905-030].
|Regiment||96th Regiment of Foot.|
|Soldier No. and Rank||#1407 Private.|
|Enlistment Date and Place||5 Oct 1839 Norwich, Norfolk [WO12-9611-127].|
Age 18 years. Bounty paid to recruit £3 5s. 0d. First Muster 29 Oct 1839 District Recruitment Office.
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 5 ins. [WO12-9611-127].|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Good Conduct Badge 1d. per diem from 3 Apr 1847 [WO12-9622].|
|Arrival Van Diemen’s Land: Ship and Date||Hindostan.|
Dep. 7 Oct 1840 Sheerness. Arr. 19 Jan 1841 Hobart (disembarked 30 Jan 1841) [WO12-9612-299].
|Arrival South Australia: Ship and Date||Eudora 15 Oct 1841 from Hobart, VDL dep. 5 Oct 1841 [WO12-9613-195].|
|Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date||Java 24 Feb 1847 from Hobart, embarked 27 Jan 1847 [WO12-9620-334].|
|Military Postings within Western Australia||Perth HQ 24 Feb to 31 Mar 1847 [WO12-9620-324].|
On Command 1-30 Apr 1847 [WO12-9622-10].
Perth HQ 1 May to 30 Jun 1847 [WO12-9622-10].
On Guard or Perth HQ 1 Jul to 31 Oct 1847 [WO12-9622-35&56].
Rottnest 1 Nov 1847 to 31 Aug 1848 [WO12-9622-56/82/113/143].
On Command 1 Sep 1848 to 31 Jan 1849 [WO12-9622-143/171/199].**
Perth HQ 1-27 Apr 1849 [deduced as WO12-9624 Musters are not extant in WA].
|Courts Martial in Western Australia||None.|
|Discharge Date and Place|
14 May 1849 Perth, Western Australia – Conditional [WO28-266-102].
|Age at Discharge||31 years [WO28-266-102].|
|Length of Service||9 years 237 days [WO28-266-102].|
* William Henry and/or Henry Richard are anomalous in various sources. William H. has a birth registration but no record of death, while Henry R. has no birth registration but has a burial recorded. As the birth and burial dates are 1855/1856 respectively, we can probably assume it is the same child or twins.
** During this period, the WA Surveyor General John Septimus Roe recruited Private Buck to be one of five men to accompany him on his last exploration expedition [Conole]. This experience would have stood Richard Buck in good stead when he accompanied Robert Austin into the Murchison (see sidebar).
Mollie Bentley’s book Grandfather was a Policeman: The Western Australia Police Force 1829-1889, Hesperian Press 1993 is a wonderful resource for researching police officers in Western Australia – Richard Buck was no exception. For a more detailed account of Richard Buck’s long and interesting life click here.